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Taboo Studio

1615½ W. Lewis Street

San Diego, CA 92103


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Black & White Flower Necklace by Maia Leppo



New Jewelry

Laura BaxterJanice HoSarah Hood • John Iversen • Kyunghee KimMaia Leppo

Traditionally botanical illustrations are about plant accuracy and representing what cannot perhaps be seen in a photograph. The purpose of having an exhibition called BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATIONS was to put the illustration in the hands of a jeweler, where the goal was individual aesthetics.

Nature has long been an inspiration for jewelers. Notable among them was the Frenchman Rene Lalique whose art nouveau pieces in gold, gemstones, and enamel have been especially inspiring to artists of all kinds. The group of artists represented in this exhibition has continuously made work that illustrates nature in technically accurate depictions or more abstract views of botanical parts including seed pods, leaves, and branches. The collection of designs by Janice Ho, Laura Baxter, Sarah Hood, Kyunghee Kim, Maia Leppo and John Iversen exemplify botanical themes in an exciting and original context.

Opening Friday, May 20, 2016. The show runs through July 1, 2016

Please join us the opportunity to view a unique collection of handmade jewelry by this group of distinguished artists.

Jewelry from Taboo Studio is a personal, one-of-a-kind gift that endures the test of time. A selection can be made from an ever-evolving inventory of artists, or a custom piece may be designed using your stones or gems from the gallery's collection.


OPENING RECEPTION – Friday, May 20, 2016 6-8 pm
The show runs through July 1, 2016



2016 marks our 28th year showing the most extensive collection of artist designed jewelry in San Diego county.

ART JEWELRY FORUM published an interview/article by Sandra Wilson about Taboo Studio this past May. It covers our current exhibition: Botanical Illustrations and the artist Sarah Hood. Read the article.

Reprinted on our website:
Sarah Hood: Botanical Illustrations By Sandra Wilson

Or on the:
Art Jewelry Forum website

ART JEWELRY FORUM published an interview/article about Taboo Studio this past December. Vicki Mason interviewed Jane Groover Maydahl for this insightfull piece. Read the article.

Reprinted on our website:
Taboo Studio by Vicki Mason

Or on the:
Art Jewelry Forum website

JCK Design Center Award

This past May, Taboo Studio was selected as one of the top 50 designer jewelry retailers by the JCK Design Center. Click the links below to read more about the award. Click the image to view the award.

The Design Center's Designer Retailer Awards and the Editor's Choice Award

The Design Center's Designer Retailer Awards - List of Winners

Tourmaline and amethyst jewelry

Taboo Studio does custom work for all occasions. Owners Jane Groover and Joanna Rhoades can design wedding and engagement rings, Mother's Day and anniversary gifts, or anything new and unique with our gemstones or yours. This photograph includes a one-of-a-kind white and yellow gold pendant with a yellow diamond and a rare 48-carat purple tourmaline. Shown on a white gold cable, it can be purchased for $3,400. Along with the pendant are two large cabochon rings on sterling silver bands with 22k gold bezels. The 22-carat amethyst ring in a size 7 is $863, and the 30-carat purple tourmaline ring, also a size 7, is $2,365. For questions or more information on the custom design process, call 619-692-0099 or email.

18k and Masitsit ring by Steven Brixner Sterling, 22k and moonstone ring by Steven Brixner Sterling and carnelian ring by Steven Brixner 18k and tourmalinated prehnite ring by Steven Brixner

Artist Steven Brixner has been with the gallery since we opened 27 years ago and has developed a following for his stunning rings.


Tuesday through Friday 11 am - 6 pm
Saturday 10 am - 5 pm

Closed Sundays, Mondays and Major Holidays


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